Monthly Archives: June 2021

You guessed it – flounder season shrinks

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has adjusted the recreational and commercial flounder seasons for 2021 to ensure a sustainable fishery. In 2019 the Division of Marine Fisheries recommended – and the Marine Fisheries Commission approved — substantial harvest reductions in the flounder fishery to rebuild the southern flounder stock. These season adjustments are necessary to meet that goal. The recreational flounder season will open Sept. 1 and close Sept. 14 in internal and ocean waters of North Carolina. The minimum size limit will remain at 15 inches total l…

Goodbye Old Friends! Interstate 42 project to change James City forever

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Aurora Fossil Museum rockets to tourist hot spot

Cindy Crane, executive director of the Aurora Fossil Museum, gets credit for some superb vision, culminating Tuesday, June 15, with the christening of National Megalodon Day. The day was selected as a tribute to the our region’s popular destination, which first opened its doors on June 15, 1978. A monstrous shark, the Megalodon roamed the world’s seas millions of years ago, and in doing so left behind plenty of teeth – which have been uncov­ered deep in the earth as the nearby phosphate mine works its magic. These valuable artifacts are just some of the incredible relics on display at the museu…

Recreational Anglers drastically over-fish Flounder Target for 2020

By Easton Edwards EASTERN NC – I listened in on the May quarterly business meeting of the Marine Fisheries Commission with a keen interest on the Southern Flounder catch numbers. I have previously stated (and basically bet my fellow fishermen) that they were going to see numbers they never dreamed were accurate! Little did I know what a surprise they would receive. The target catch allowance for the recreational fishery in 2020 was 152,808 pounds of Southern Flounder. However, the actual poundage landed was a whopping 456,636 pounds. This means that the recreational sector OVERFISHED thei…

Here’s why many in the USA are suspicious of the ‘Shot’

By John Doe | Guest Commentary Editor’s note: Well known to this newspaper, the author is a prominent local citizen. We have suggested he use a pseudonym to minimize any risk of ‘cancel culture’ retribution. We will forward any questions that readers may have. Email inquiries to: info@compassnews360.com. AMERICA – Wow! The daily events keep coming at such a rapid pace that it is almost impossible to sift through opinionated news from what is factually correct. As it has been said many times: If you want answers, just follow the money! Who stands to gain from all the turmoil and disruptive issue…

Everybody Else’s History . . . The mysterious case of whose hand got caught in the wringer!

By Lisa Rice ALLIANCE – Welcome back to what we are calling Everybody Else’s History – referring, of course, to our huge Man Cave here at the farm where we have been entrusted with literally THOUSANDS of strange and unusual things from the past. These are not our items. Instead we are temporary caretakers! This week I want to talk about washing machines. And Mamas. As with any other invention, washing machines have changed (and improved) over the years. I seriously doubt if anybody actually remembers having to wash clothes in a local creek, with a rock and unheated water. I’m not even sure if anybo…

Governor’s nominee to lead state agency fumbles confirmation hearing

Issue: Only one pipeline for natural gas Office of State Sen. Phil Berger RALEIGH – If Gov. Cooper doesn’t withdraw his nominee to lead the Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Senate will vote to reject her – the first Cooper nominee to receive an unfavorable Senate confirmation vote. All fifteen of Cooper’s previous nominees have been confirmed. The nominee, Dionne Delli-Gatti, got into trouble at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment. When asked, “Do you know what the Governor’s posi…

Activist / Propagandist wrong for UNC post

By Raheem Williams | News Commentary Editor’s note: Raheem Williams is an economist, writer and policy analyst based in Carrboro – not far from the Chapel Hill campus of UNC. CHAPEL HILL – The recent decision by the University of North Carolina trustees to deny Nikole Hannah- Jones tenure for the position of the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism has caused a national uproar. However, Hannah-Jones is not deserving of a lifetime tenure appointment Hannah-Jones is, in fact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist – on paper. Anyone with functioning brain cells can see she’s an act…
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